William Fremd PF and LD Invitational

2015 — IL/US

36th Annual

William Fremd High School

LD/PF Debate Tournament

November 1, 2014


Dear Lincoln-Douglas & Public Forum Debate Coach,


The William Fremd High School Debate Team would like to (cordially, warmly, affectionately, genially) invite you to our annual LD and PF tournament on Saturday, November 1, 2014 (NOTE: This is not the same as the ICDA #2 Student Congress Tournament we are also hosting on 10/25). We can promise you a well-run tournament with some of the best competition in Illinois at the novice, junior varsity, and varsity levels.


We will run five rounds in Lincoln-Douglas on the November/December NSDA resolution. We will also run five rounds in Public Forum on the November NSDA debate topic. The top five competitors in each division will receive inordinately large awards. Speaker awards will be given to the top three speakers in each division.


Last year, we were at capacity and used close to 100 rooms. Registration must be completed online ASAP and no later than Friday, October 24th at 5:00 PM. No additions will be allowed after that point (only name substitutions). Drops after that point are fine, but fees will be final on Wednesday, October 29th at 5:00 PM. Last-minute changes can be made on the morning of the tournament. Intent to attend can be communicated as soon as possible.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the head coach at mzacharia@d211.org or via cell at 847-644-7202.


We hope to see you in November.



Martin Zacharia, Head Coach and Tournament Director

Jacqueline Dickens, Assistant Coach

Dorothy Robak-Iacch, Assistant Coach


Tournament Schedule

7:15-8:00 a.m.                        Registration (Media Center/Library). 

8:00 a.m.                                Tournament Announcements for Debaters/Judges (Student Cafeteria)

8:30                                        Round One [preset]

9:30                                        Round Two [preset]

11:15                                      Round Three [power-matched based on 1 &2]

12:00 p.m.                              Lunch

1:00                                        Round Four [power-matched based on 3]

2:30                                        Round Five [powe-matched based on 4].

                                               ALL JUDGES ARE REQUIRED TO BE AVAILABLE TO    

                                                JUDGE ALL ROUNDS.

4:00                                        Awards Ceremony (Student Cafeteria)


Location and Contact Information

William Fremd High School

1000 S Quentin Rd.

Palatine, IL. 60067

(north of Euclid Rd and south of Palatine Rd.)


Tab Room Phone: (847) 755-2754 (Media Center/Library)

Tournament Director: (847) 644-7202 (cell).

E-mail: mzacharia@d211.org




Divisions and Rounds


Both the Public Forum and Lincoln-Douglas divisions will have competition at the varsity, junior varsity, and novice levels. If numbers dictate, Varsity and JV will be collapsed into one Open division for the prelims, but elimination rounds will be separated by JV and Varsity competitors.


Novice consists of students in their first season of debate. JV consists of students in their first or second seasons of debate. Students in their third or fourth season of debate must debate in Varsity. If you are not certain which division your entries should be placed in, just ask.


Each division and level will consist of five single-flighted rounds. Rounds three through five will be power-matched based on all previous rounds. While these rounds will not be lag-powered, it does make for a longer tournament.




The cost per PF entry is $25.00 and per LD entry is $20.00. If finances are a major problem for your school, especially if you have a new team and never attended our tournament before, please contact the tournament director to discuss options.


Judging Obligations


All judges are expected to arrive at Fremd by 8 AM for tournament announcements in the Faculty Cafeteria.


LD: One full judge is required for every two debaters in the Lincoln-Douglas division. Adult or college-level judges with debate experience are required.


PF: One full judge for every two teams/pairs. Adult or college-level judges with debate experience are preferred. If this tournament is the first ever for a judge, coaches must provide some training for them ahead of time. Judging guidelines will be provided at the tab table as a refresher.  


Your school will be charged $180 for every qualified judge you are short, including half-judges (since a whole judge is needed to make up for the missing person). We do not want to charge you a judge fee, so please communicate with the tournament director ahead of time if you anticipate being short judges.


All judges are expected to be available for the duration of the tournament (8 AM to ~4 PM).


Disclosing: Judges are expected to completely and thoroughly fill out each ballot, but cannot disclose their decision. If judges want to provide a BRIEF critique at the end of the round, that is fine, but it does not replace a written ballot that clearly articulates a reason for decision based on the arguments in the round. These ballots are invaluable to coaches and students. If a judge feels a lengthier critique is needed, they should turn in the ballot first, then return to the room and speak with the debaters.